Bake off: Brownies Vs Blondies

Rich fudgy brownies Vs Chewy butterscotch blondies

Which do you prefer? Is blonde the new brown? Or brown the new blonde?

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Personally, I’m in the brownie camp. Probably because I have a hugeeee sweet tooth and no brownie is too rich for me. I’ve never understood people who have a tiny bite of something and say “that will do me, it’s very sweet’ – seriously who are you!? Pass it over and let me finish yours!

To make this a fair bake off I’ve used the same flavours for both recipes:

Blondies = white chocolate Reese’s cups + Golden Oreos

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Brownies = milk chocolate Reese’s cups + Brownie Oreos

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The saltiness from the peanut butter, combined with the sweetness of the chocolate and crunch of the Oreos – these really are beautifully balanced bakes! Grab your baking tins and be your own judge 🙂

 

Blondies (makes 16 small, 12 large)

170g unsalted butter
250g light brown sugar
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
2 medium eggs, at room temp
170g self-raising flour
120g approx. white chocolate Reese’s cups (I found packets which had two cups in each and used 3 packets in total)
1 packet Golden Oreos

Method

Preheat oven to 180°C and line a 23cm square baking tin with greaseproof paper.

Roughly chop the Reese’s cups and Oreo’s into quarters.

Melt the butter in the microwave in a medium sized bowl in 20 second blasts until liquid.

Add the sugar and mix until fully combined. Crack in the eggs and add the vanilla extract and stir together. Now add the flour and fold the mixture together.

Throw in the chopped Reese’s and Oreos and fold into the mixture. Transfer to the baking tin and spread into an even layer.

Bake in the centre of the oven for 17-20* minutes, until the top is no longer shiny and a toothpick inserted into one of the edges comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave to completely cool before slicing.

Your blondies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

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Brownies (makes 16 small, 12 large)

150g unsalted butter
170g good quality dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids)
2 medium eggs, at room temperature
225g caster sugar
150g self-raising flour
120g approx. milk chocolate Reese’s cups (I used a sharing bag of miniature ones)
1 packet Brownie Oreos

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Lightly grease and base line a 23x23cm square tin with baking paper.

Gently melt the butter and chocolate in a glass bowl set over a pan of simmering water, or in the microwave in 20 second blasts. Once melted, remove from the heat and leave to cool.

In a separate bowl whisk together the sugar and eggs until frothy. Pour in the melted butter chocolate mixture and the flour and fold together until you have a thick chocolate mixture.

Throw in the chopped Reese’s and Oreos and fold into the mixture. Transfer to the baking tin and spread into an even layer.

Bake in the centre of the oven for 17-20 minutes*. The top should no longer be shiny and the edges should be starting to crack. Test the brownies with a toothpick, it should come out almost clean. Remove from the oven and leave to completely cool before slicing.

Your brownies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

*Depending on your oven the bakes may take less or more time. This is more of a judgment call and I would say always go with your gut instinct. As a guideline I would suggest testing them by inserting a toothpick into the middle, if it comes out covered in chocolate put them back in. If it comes out only slightly coated with a few crumbs, and the top of the bake is no longer shiny, take them out as will continue to cook as they cool.

 

 

Sinful Smore’s Oreo Brownies

This week I’m jetting off to a place where sleep doesn’t exist and cocktails are acceptable at any time of the day… can you guess?

That’s right., Las Vegas!!! Otherwise know as “Sin-City”.  But before I go, I want to share with you my latest bake… Sinful Smore’s Oreo Brownies. Layer upon layer of delicious naughtiness, let me break it down for you…

Buttery biscuit base. Gooey brownie. Oreo’s. More gooey brownie. Melted marshmallow.

Oh my goodness these brownies should come with a health warning, but for all the right reasons!

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Ingredients (makes 16 brownies)

For the base:
90g unsalted butter
200g plain digestive biscuits

For the brownie layer:
150g unsalted butter, cut into chunks
170g 70% good quality dark chocolate, broken into pieces
225g caster sugar
2 medium eggs, at room temperature
150g self-raising flour

For the Oreo layer:
1 pack of Oreos (plain/double stuff/peanut butter/double chocolate)

For the marshmallow layer:
1 bag of large marshmallows

Method

Line a 23cm x 23cm square baking tin with greaseproof paper.

  1. The biscuit base:
    Put the biscuits in a bowl/sandwich bag and bash with a rolling pin until completely crushed and free from any lumps. Now melt the butter in a separate bowl set over a pan of simmering water until completely smooth. Pour the biscuits into the melted butter and mix together. Spoon the mixture into the tin and press with the back of a spoon to form an even layer. Refrigerate.SONY DSC

2.  The brownie layer:
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Melt the butter and chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Once melted leave on the side to cool. Meanwhile, whisk together the sugar and eggs in a separate bowl until frothy. Now add in the cooled chocolate mixture and the flour and stir until you have a thick chocolate mixture. Take the base out of the fridge and pour 1/2 of the brownie mixture over the top of the biscuit base, spreading it out into an even layer.

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3. The Oreo layer:
Place the Oreo’s on top of the layer pressing them into the mixture.

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Now dollop spoonfuls of the remaining brownie mixture on top, spread it out into an even layer so that all of the Oreo’s are concealed.

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4. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the top has formed a crust and the edges have started to crack. (My testing method for perfectly cooked brownies: insert a toothpick into the one of the edges, it should come out clean. Now insert a toothpick into the middle, it should come out slightly covered in mixture). 

5. The marshmallow layer:
Turn of the oven and pre-heat the grill. Layer marshmallow’s across the top. Put the brownies under the grill for a few minutes until the marshmallows have melted and are golden. Keep a close eye on them as they can burn very easily!

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Leave  to cool completely before removing from the tin and cutting into 16 brownies.